DURHAM, N.C. – Senior goalkeeper Danny Fowler made 14 saves to lead No. 16 Duke to a 15-7 victory over No. 12 Loyola on Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
One day shy of his 63rd birthday, Duke’s John Danowski picked up the 375th victory of his head coaching career. The win pushes Danowski into a tie for first place on the NCAA Division I all-time victory list, matching the record set by Dom Starsia at Brown and Virginia. In previous stints, Danowski won 27 contests at C.W. Post and 192 games at Hofstra and holds a record of 156-48 in 10-plus seasons at Duke.
“You just try to get better each week,” said Danowski. “That’s part of the fun of the journey of athletics and sports is that you just keep working, just keep trying to get better.”
The Blue Devils (5-2) outscored the Greyhounds (3-3) by a 5-0 margin in the second quarter to take an 8-3 advantage into halftime as Brad Smith spearheaded the spurt with a pair of goals.
Loyola’s Pat Spencer, who entered the weekend ranked third nationally in points per game at 6.00, was limited to three total points on two goals and one assist in the game. His marker opened the third quarter scoring to pull the visitors to within 8-5. Duke responded with three straight tallies – including two from Jack Bruckner – and led, 11-4 after three periods. The Blue Devils then outscored Loyola, 4-3, over the final 15 minutes to account for the final 15-7 margin.
“I thought the game plan Ron Caputo and Alec Jernstedt had was outstanding and they did a phenomenal job preparing our guys. But our guys are also learning from their experiences, their previous experiences and so they’re gaining valuable game experience, which you just can’t duplicate in any form in practice. And they practice really hard.”
Bruckner (4 goals & 1 assist) and Justin Guterding (3 goals & 2 assists) finished with five points each while fellow attackman Joey Manown posted three markers and one helper. Smith carded two goals and one assist and Mitch Russell came off the bench to contribute one goal and two assists.
Fowler enjoyed his best outing of the season with multiple saves in each quarter including a game-high six in the final frame. The Duke defense received an outstanding performance from Cade Van Raaphorst, who drew the primary assignment on Spencer.
Brian Sherlock led the Greyhounds with three goals. Goaltenders Jacob Stover (6 goals allowed & 3 saves in 20:19) and Grant Limone (9 goals allowed & 6 saves) shared time in the Loyola net.
Duke hosts Jacksonville on Monday, March 13 at 1 p.m.